Forest minister offers state-of-the-art wildlife safari
Rane seeks the Union Minister’s help in carrying out the proposal; discusses development plan for Bondla Zoo
PANJIM: The Minister of Forests, Vishwajit Rane, has offered a state-of-the-art wildlife safari in Goa, in line with the safaris offered in Kevadia, Gujarat.
Rane met with Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav on Tuesday and asked for help in carrying out the proposal.
“Following in the footsteps of a wildlife safari developed in Kevadia, we have sought advice from the Union Minister to work closely with the ministry in the development of a state-of-the-art wildlife safari in Goa,” said said the minister.
The department has already engaged the services of retired IFS officer Vinay Luthra to draw up various plans – short, medium and long term – for the upgrading of wildlife sanctuaries in Goa, over the course of five coming years, which also includes the concept of wildlife safaris in and around Bondla. wildlife.
During the meeting with the Union Minister, a development plan for Bondla Zoo was also discussed. The zoo will be upgraded to showcase wildlife found in the Western Ghats, Rane said.
“We also discussed the integrated and holistic development of the Bondla Zoological Park to showcase the diverse wildlife of the Western Ghats and other areas in a naturalistic setting,” the Minister of State said, adding that a master plan , including all proposals, had already been submitted to the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) for approval.
Apart from this, the minister also discussed the integrated wildlife habitat development proposals under which the state sought approval for the maintenance of grasslands, enrichment planting with fruit trees, the creation and maintenance of forest roads, nature camping in protected areas, etc. .
He said proposals discussed also included the creation of artificial water holes in Goa’s protected areas using solar pumps and nature guide training programs and capacity building of local youths for ecotourism activities.
On Wednesday, Rane met with Director General of Forestry and MoEF Special Secretary Chandra Prakash Goyal to discuss it.